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What is the source of true joy?

by Mike Ratliff

21 “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

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Forever Changed

It is a rainy morning here on Pentecost Sunday.  Rain and fire don’t usually mix too well.  In the end, the rain, if it lasts long enough, usually wins. 283 more words

6 Ways to Deal With Encroaching Wickedness

I have mentioned before that I have spent the last several weeks reading Thomas Boston and today I am in a sermon from 2 Kings 2:14 where he is expounding on the lack of piety and the growth of sinfulness in his day in Scotland (ca. 1,124 more words

Church Fights

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children

by Mike Ratliff

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

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God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble

by Mike Ratliff

1 Πόθεν πόλεμοι καὶ πόθεν μάχαι ἐν ὑμῖν; οὐκ ἐντεῦθεν, ἐκ τῶν ἡδονῶν ὑμῶν τῶν στρατευομένων ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ὑμῶν; 2 ἐπιθυμεῖτε καὶ οὐκ ἔχετε, φονεύετε καὶ ζηλοῦτε καὶ οὐ δύνασθε ἐπιτυχεῖν, μάχεσθε καὶ πολεμεῖτε, οὐκ ἔχετε διὰ τὸ μὴ αἰτεῖσθαι ὑμᾶς, 3 αἰτεῖτε καὶ οὐ λαμβάνετε διότι κακῶς αἰτεῖσθε, ἵνα ἐν ταῖς ἡδοναῖς ὑμῶν δαπανήσητε.

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Morning Devotion: Cause and effect

Psalm 105 is a description of how God delivered the Hebrews out of Egypt with divine protection and provision.

It’s a quick read that illustrates the power and purposes of God. 188 more words

Personal Holiness

Why the mortification of sin is vital for Christians

by Mike Ratliff

1 O Lord, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
2 Let my prayer come before You;

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